North Devon

My West Country with Lynsey Taylor

Lynsey Taylor is a twenty-something living in North Devon. Her blog One More Slice documents her adventures around the county and her beautiful photography and expert local knowledge always leave us feeling inspired to get out and explore…

Lynsey, how long have you lived in Devon?

I have lived in North Devon since the age of three after my mum moved us down from living near London. As much as I love visiting London, I’m a country girl through and through!

Tell us the best thing about being a North Devon resident.

The best thing about living in North Devon is how calm the way of life is down here. We are incredibly lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the world and outdoor living is very important to locals. Surfing, sailing, kayaking, walking and hiking – all activities that makes you get out in nature is what makes North Devon so interesting.

What can you find in North Devon that you can’t find elsewhere?

I would say having miles upon miles of beautiful coastline, countryside and moors, quaint villages and beaches galore would make North Devon a unique and varied place to live – something you probably wouldn’t get in many other counties!

What’s the most instagrammable location in the region?

There are so many Instagrammable locations to choose from, but I would suggest that Clovelly (an old fishing village that has remained unchanged for decades) is one of the best places to get a beautiful shot for the gram!

Where’s the best place to grab a cup of coffee with friends?

My favourite place to get a coffee (and cake!) would be Tea on the Green in Westward Ho! It’s full of 1930’s decor and has the most *incredible* cakes and desserts you could imagine (their cheesecakes are divine!). If I ever have friends visiting me, I make sure to take them there!

Your favourite place to get dinner?

My favourite place to go for dinner, without a doubt, is Belluno in Bideford. It’s a family-run Italian restaurant that has a large and varied menu with *everything* (and I mean everything) being incredibly tasty. It’s all cooked from fresh – even the bread- and you can tell its authentic. Plus the Tiramisu is certainly the best dessert you’ll ever eat.

Where is the best place for a coastal walk?

There are so many places that offer beautiful coastal walks in North Devon, but my favourite is probably Valley of the Rocks at Lynton. It’s located right on the edge of North Devon – the gateway to Exmoor – and has views for miles. Wild goats also live here, so it’s always fun to spot a goat chilling on the cliffs!

Where do you go to relax?

Instow beach, halfway between Bideford and Barnstaple, is the perfect spot to go for a stroll and where I would visit if I need to unwind. It’s always been my go-to place if I ever want to get outdoors and smell the salty sea-air, plus the beach is very popular with dog-walkers so you’re always bound to make a new furry friend!

Any favourite shops or local artisans?

There are so many local independents that I absolutely adore! Johns of Instow is a great deli and farm shop that sells local food produce (the also sell ready-made picnic baskets if you wanted to have a picnic on the beach!), Josie’s in Bideford is a fantastic interiors shop that has tons of incredibly unique items and The Cupcakery in Barnstaple sells the best cupcakes you’ll ever try. You can’t also forget Hockings Ice-Cream, a family run business from Appledore, that is very popular with locals!